Protecting Your Implant-Based Restoration

A dental implant can be used as the foundation for both single-tooth and multiple-teeth restorations. The device, which is made of the same material that is frequently used in joint replacements, is biocompatible. Thus, it easily integrates with the natural tissues. 

An implant is inserted through the gums and into the jawbone. Once the device is placed, the bone tissue around it grows, filling the space between the implant and the bone. This integration process seals the implant into its position. After the implant wound heals, the device is as stable in the jaw as a natural tooth. 

The stable implant is fitted with an abutment, which is topped with a device that replaces the missing crown or crowns, such as a cap, bridge, or denture. Additionally, the dentist contours the gingival tissues around the implant to help the restoration appear natural.

Even though the implant can endure the same amount of bite pressure as a natural tooth, the stability of the implant can still be interrupted. Here are a few measures you should take to protect your implant-based restoration.

See Your Dentist for Routine Care

You may not feel that routine dental services, such as dental cleanings and checkups, are needed after your teeth have been restored using dental implants. However, that is not the case. 

Even though a dental implant is not made of organic material that is subject to decay, the device still rests in natural tissues. Thus, bacteria, plaque, and debris can affect an implant by inflaming or infecting surrounding tissues.

When your dentist provides routine care, the removal of harmful tartar accumulations and plaque can help keep the gums near the implant healthy. Since a gingival infection can lead to bone loss, the preventive measures may save your implant.  If the jawbone shrinks significantly, the implant may become unstable within the bone and dislodge.

During a checkup, your dentist may also notice signs of inflammation and recommend remedies, such as antimicrobial mouth rinses, to resolve the issues before more serious problems develop.

Avoid Chewing on Hard Substances

Many people habitually chew on ice and other hard substances. Although they may have been warned that the bite pressure used to chew on hard items can damage their teeth, they may not realize that the same pressure can cause an implant to fail. 

If the bite pressure is strong enough, the implant may shift from its position in the jawbone. Since osseointegration does not recur, the implant would be lost.

For more information about caring for an implant-based restoration, schedule a consultation with a dentist, like those at Tijeras Dental Service.